Veteran Reporter Gregory S. Reeves Dies

By: E&P Staff Gregory S. Reeves, a veteran reporter, database editor, and crime blogger
for The Kansas City Star, died June 28, the paper reported. The cause of
death was complications from ALS.

Reeves, 57, spent 31 years at the Star, and his expertise in computer-assisted reporting helped earn the Star several major awards,
including a Pulitzer Prize for a series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1992, and a George Polk Award for a series on the NCAA in 1997.

In 2006, Reeves started a crime blog for the Star, capitalizing on his previous experience of covering the Kansas City Police Department in the
1980s. Titled Crime Scene KC, it quickly became one of the nation?s most
popular crime blogs, with more than 600,000 monthly visitors. It won a 2006 EPpy Award for the best media-affiliated news blog in the United States, and a McClatchy Newspapers President?s Award in 2007.

Reeves began working at The Star in 1976 after reporting for newspapers in Belleville, Kankakee, and Ottawa in his home state of Illinois. A year later, he was one of three U.S. journalists to travel and report in East and West Germany under a John J. McCloy Fellowship from the American Council on Germany.

A fellowship has been created in Reeves? name to support a research assistantship at Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., a nonprofit journalism training organization at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Donations are being accepted for the fellowship and may be sent to IRE at 138 Neff Annex, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO 65211.


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